I'm sorry to have been off this board so long. I've had injuries and surgeries since I was last here. Both my desperation and my pain level are so high, I can barely do aything. There is no cartilage (none!) if my Left knee, and little in the R. I had a scope that just made it worse. Doctors (3 opinions) say I have to have total knee replacemnt. This means the ends of the bones are coated with metal, and plastic disks inserted inbetween. I had planned to do it, but then a doc said tha for Fibromyalgia patients the surgery is so painful and that the pain from it lasts so long that I might want to just "live with the pain" I have now, and not get the surgery. That is a horrible option! I can't live with this knee pain. The Fibro is bad enough, and the arthritis, too, but this knee pain is acute "screaming" pain, and I often cannot walk. My question is have any of you had total or partial knee replacement after you got the Fibro, and if so, did the surgery pain ever go away? Or do you know anybody with Fibro who had this procedure? I can stand it as long as it eventually stops, but I don't want to add any more "forever" pain! Please help me. And feel free to answer even if you don't know about this. All information is helpful. Thank you----Margaret P.S. And I will try to stay on the board to help others more. It is hard with this slow computer (hoping to get a new one soon) and this continuous agony. My docs will only give me 5/500 Vicodin, so I'm also not receiving enough pain meds. Thanks again.